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Thief chased from Derry Girls party at Guildhall

Adam Raymond McDaid appeared in court in Derry and was jailed for four months. Credit: UTV

A man who disguised himself as catering staff to steal from a function celebrating the premiere of hit comedy Derry Girls was chased across Guildhall Square, a court has heard.

Adam Raymond McDaid, 24 and from Bond’s Hill in Londonderry’s Waterside, stole a jacket for his disguise before trying to make off from the Guildhall with a box of catering knives worth £1,500.

He was challenged by staff and, together with some of those attending the party, they chased him.

McDaid ran into a bingo hall in nearby Bank Place, but he was cornered inside a disabled toilet and kept there until police arrived.

After being arrested, he head-butted an officer and had to be put in limb restraints at Strand Road PSNI station.

In court on Wednesday, McDaid – who has more than 140 previous criminal convictions and had only been released from prison on licence three weeks ago - pleaded guilty to theft and assault.

A defence solicitor said the Guildhall function was associated with one of Derry’s greatest exports, Derry Girls, and he wondered if this incident might feature in an episode in series three.

McDaid was jailed for four months.